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Retired Milwaukee County judge wins State Bar award

Mel Flanagan (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Mel Flanagan (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

A former Milwaukee Circuit Court judge has been named 2016 Lifetime Jurist by the State Bar of Wisconsin.

Retired judge Mel Flanagan will receive her award at the State Bar’s meeting and conference at 5:30 p.m. June 16 in Green Bay. She will be receiving the 2016 Lifetime Jurist Achievement Award, which recognizes a jurist who has shown outstanding, long-term judicial service as a sitting judge, according to a news release.

Flanagan retired from her spot on the bench last year, then went on a 6-month Fulbright Scholarship to Bosnia, where she is working to share what she has learned about domestic and sexual violence as a prosecutor and judge. Before serving on the bench, Flanagan spent 10 years as an assistant district attorney in both Dane and Milwaukee counties, specializing in domestic and sexual violence cases.

About Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

Erika Strebel is the law beat reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal and a law school student at UW-Madison. She can be reached at 414-225-1825.

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